Last summer we discovered Russell Sims Aquatic Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Living in a land-locked state, it’s important to know where one can cool off from the summer heat or slide down a water slide without breaking the bank. Bowling Green is less than an hour away from us and aside from our city pool, it is the closest place we can go for a splash break.
We spent our Sunday afternoon at Russell Sims. They happened to be having a pool party for back-to-school, so admission was only $7 per adult ($1 off the regular admission). They were giving away swag bags too, though we opted not to get one, and kids had a chance to meet Curious George. (This would not be our only meeting with the inquisitive monkey that day. We saw him again at the Bowling Green Hot Rods game.)
The park provides a lot of bang for your buck – 2 water slides, 2 diving boards, a zero-entry splash pool with palm trees, water buckets, and sprayers, and a huge 50-meter pool, along with plenty of lounge chairs and grassy areas for picnicking. While they don’t allow outside food or beverages, the concession stand is very reasonably priced and has your typical concession fare – hot dogs, pizza, nachos, etc. If you can’t stomach the junk food (even for a day), there are picnic tables outside of the pool area and patrons are allowed to come and go (with an armband). We brought our lunch but couldn’t pass up the $3 nacho combo too. There’s just something about hanging out at the pool that makes you insanely hungry!